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Grateful Dead Live at Fox Theater on 1980-11-30

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Grateful Dead Live at Fox Theater on 1980-11-30

Topics Live concert

Feel Like A Stranger, Loser, Cassidy, Ramble On Rose, Little Red Rooster, Bird Song, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, It Must Have Been The Roses, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain-> Samson & Delilah-> Ship of Fools-> Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> The Wheel-> China Doll-> Around & Around-> Johnny B. Goode, E: Uncle John's Band

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fox Theater
Location Atlanta, GA

Source Soundboard and Audience composite
Lineage MSC> Reel> DATs> CDRs> EAC> SHN (set I and Scarlet>Fire from Set II); remainder Jim Wise's Sony ECM280s> D5> DATs> CDRs> EAC> SHN, also with patches from other AUDs


complete; MSC> Reel> DATs> CDRs> EAC> SHN (set I and Scarlet>Fire from Set II); remainder Jim Wise's Sony ECM280s> D5> DATs> CDRs> EAC> SHN, also with patches from other AUDs (see info file); via Scott Clugston, Dankstar, Darrin Sacks; upgrade relative to previous shn set; note copy a noted at shakedown- has fixed track boundaries, copy b noted at gdlive does not (d3 is same for both)- see pub comments


Reviewer: catcharabbit - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2016
Subject: Jerry could SING back then!!
Ah the Fox. Where Skynyrd recorded "One from the Road." But were not here to talk about that.

I'm here to tell you listen closely to Jerry's vocals. Seriously. For a singer known for just muddling through the words and forgetting them half the time, he's pitch-perfect this night. Check out Ship of Fools and listen for his attacks, the way he bends the notes with his voice, the slowwwwww release. He sings this version with deliberate care and attention. Who'da thunk it? One reasons that Reckoning was a good album, recorded just months earlier.

Unexpected virtuosity. One reason I love the Dead.
Reviewer: BobbyC - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2016
Subject: laughing
Really laughing at myself cuz I was at this show and had no idea what I was listening to. I still was hoping to hear the Dead sound like Europe 72 or Workingman's or Bear's Choice or Skull and Roses. But I do remember being impressed with Little Red Rooster, and I think I recall enjoying Scarlet->Fire. I found an audience recording of this show at the Fox on the Archive about 5 years ago and realized it was one of the great Scarlet->Fires and downloaded and listened to it regularly. Now listening to this soundboard I am laughing, laughing, laughing. This show was pearls before swine (me being the swine). What a show! Thank you Brewster and Jonathan and all else who contributed to this beautiful sound being available for streaming! Have any readers been to the Egyptian Ballroom?
Reviewer: RatDogMysteryCat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2016
Subject: superb
So everyone's talking about the scarlet>fire, I'm surprised the focus isn't on this awesome ship of fools and stellar wheel. Jerry puts so much emotion into fools. His deep solo fades out just right..then that last verse. The emphasis and build up to "though I could not caution all" and then "I still might warn a few" is nearly a whisper. Pure bliss. Then this wheel. Wow. This will always be hands down my favorite wheel. I love how brent lays on those keys on the intro. I'm a big fan of this must have been the roses also. This recording is very good too. Thanks a lot.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2015
Subject: --
One of my all-time faves, and certainly one of the best of the 1980s. Big-league all the way; just far too much goodness to bother deconstructing, but here's a few notes:

*listen to how off-kilter Big River constitutes itself and never shakes. *This* is absolutely awesome!
*S>F - special indeed.
*This Playin' is as good as anything this side of Hofheinz. They put the petal to the floorboard on this one - just searing, absolutely electric, scalding-white hot energy here.
*The Wheel. Jer's studio pedal-steel take on "Garcia" will always be my favorite version, but here's my favorite one live. Brent inducts the song from Space with some serious synth color, and Mickey and Billy manage to keep the beat nice and restrained (they sometimes too often double-timed this one). Going into a small jam and then into China Doll...I tell you what, this is SUBLIME STUFF.
*The double Chuck Berry-dose. UJB. Hell, just listen to the thing. Lemieux did the right thing, releasing this one, and the DP#8 sounds lovely, if a bit odd, hearing the occasional random cough or laugh, but the entire show's there - around 3 hours, 8 minutes. What magnificence this is behold!
Reviewer: snootlyO - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2015
Subject: Brent & the Band Scarlet>Fire
A great example of what Brent brought to the band and how in sync he was both rhythmically and melodically. Scarlet>Fire in particular. What I hear is an immediate intensity and drive from Jerry, who constructs a precise and climactic melody through the transition to Fire. But Brent is behind him listening, backing off and then pushing forward. My personal opinion, this Scarlet>Fire is the ultimate example of the Dead working as a unit - Jerry poops out a bit on Fire, but getting there he and they were clockwork.
Reviewer: kbmill - - May 27, 2015
Subject: bread crumb
I have this show's second set on tape from back before Dave's or Dick's Picks were a thing. That it was played from start to finish without a break was attention getting. My version had, somewhere in its lineage, been duped on a deck with a slightly faster transport motor, resulting in a noticeably quicker pace. At the time I wondered whether the boys had been under the influence of a stimulant. Of course now we know better on both accounts.
Reviewer: FreedomHaul - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2014
Subject: Official Matrix Releases
As others have said, this is Dave's Picks 08. Stream it while you can, it's definitely worth a listen. The other reviews have hit on some of the stand outs, but I want to emphasize that the "S >F" is stellar.

I've said some of this on headyversion, but I wanted to come back here and share my thirty cents. I've got a copy, but I'm seriously thinking of buying the official release for two reasons. First, there haven't been many 80s releases (when compared with 70s releases), and there won't be if they don't sell. I know everyone has their favorite sound/year/tour, etc., but there's definitely lots of stuff from the 80s worth checking out, and it'd be nice to hear those in high-quality official versions.

Second, to the best of my knowledge, this is the first official matrix that's been put out. I personally like the mix of SBD clarity and AUD ambience and hall sound, but I also love the idea of more official matrix releases. There are some shows with great AUDs and so-so SBDs (and vice versa), so I think matrices would open up the potential for official releases in a big way.

Again, just my own opinion, and I know everyone won't agree, but if either of these things––more 80s releases and/or more matrix releases––sound like something you're interested in, considering shelling out for a copy.
Reviewer: ThreeFingerStyle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2014
Subject: stained glass prisms
This is easily my favorite recording of this band w/Mydland (so far). While I'd say the band, as a unit, isn't as rhythmically in-the-pocket as other outings, what makes this show stand out to my ears is how you can hear JG reaching for something harmonically, wringing the nooks and crannies of these tunes from all sorts of surprising, sparkling angles, giving especially the 2nd set a unique and extremely psychedelic fingerprint. Of course, you can hear JG reaching this particular way in sundry other shows - but on 11/30 the kaleidoscope doesn't stop, and it's great to be able to hear this constellation of the band, on this particular night, gradually solving the problem of meshing with it, in time for a classic, blooming 2nd set. The Scarlet-Fire and Space-Wheel transitions are great examples. I'll also agree w/other reviewers that SOF and PITB are ++exceptional, not to be missed.
Reviewer: feather0926 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2013
Subject: Official
Yes it's official this is Dave's Picks Volume 8. There is a reason why DL picked this show, because it's a 5 star show.
Reviewer: headless deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2013
Subject: This dude below me is a clown
liten up dude
Reviewer: Duggles - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2013
Subject: The jealousy is sooo obvious.
It is so painfully clear that anyone who takes the time to post that this Scarlet/Fire is lame is simply not able to rank highly anything that they didn't actually witness. Take the time to get a nice pair of headphones and actually study this. It is "The Best". That is my opinion. You may not think that it is #1 but it is right up there with the best and for you to type a pan of this version just exposes you. Trust me, real heads listen to this and read your post and just shake there head at you the way you would George Bush, Joseph McCarthy, O J Simpson, or Leona Helmsley. I was fortunate enough to see 343 shows and this one was leaps and bounds, by far, the best. What a brain squirting show. You missed it. Deal with it. (Anyone who was there would simply not pan it. Period.) :O)
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2013
Subject: Fox Lore
This was another good show at the famed Fox, during a very nice southeastern swing. Excellent Deal, Scarlet Begonias, and China Doll (beautiful). Peak analog sound in '80-'81 was killer. Jerry was more enjoyable these two years than '78-'79 for me and was carrying this band to new heights.
I have nothing good to say about '82-'95 (other than Crazy Fingers '82).
5/19/77 is also a phenomenal night at the Fox Theater for Grateful Dead.
Reviewer: Mathew Maddison Warren - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2013
Subject: the best
Tiny Lights:

Do you remember where you lost your tape?

I believe I might have it.
Reviewer: darkstarcrashes_79 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 13, 2012
Subject: mind enhancement maybe?
this whole show just rocks just straight forward not B.S. rocks I've read the reviews below and heard no mention of the Loser which i think Jerry kills playing wise his voice has a bit of rasp or something but musically it kicks The Scarlet/Fire is definately one for the ages wish i could of been there saw em @ The Fox in 85 killer venue fer sore too good recording I'm stuck on a4.75
Reviewer: dhomansky - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2012
Subject: Sirius played this today - Thank You Sirius !!
Sirius was playing this when I was talking on the cause phone with my boss and I suddenly realized I couldnt hear a freaking thing he was saying cause Jerry was killing it and I wanted to hear more so I got off the phone quickly.
The thing we have to remember with these shows is that I am sure on nights like this they are looking at Brent and smiling because they realize that they have someone special in the band cause Brent just kills it all the way through here. The way he fills in with organs and electric piano is awesome. Jerry is playing with a fervor , like a madman esp during Fire, I mean like he is pissed off. I am going to go with 5 stars , the first set is good , but the 2nd set is a keeper in the daily rotation for a while now....
Reviewer: marshall62 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2012
Subject: Nice recording of a good 1980 second set
This show is now going to be getting a lot more hits since the article about the Dead in the New Yorker

It's a very enjoyable and extensive write-up about the Dead and the fans obsessed with live recordings. This version of Scarlet > Fire (I've never heard "scar fire" as the article mentions) is indeed exuberant. The solo in scarlet is a great way to judge Garcia on a particular night. Sometimes he'll do 12 verses trying to get to something and never quite does (e.g. Portland 6/12/80) or sometimes he absolutely nails it and takes it up and down the neck before finally going back to "Wind in the Willows plays tea for two". On the nights when he neither hits nor gives it those extra tries, you know he's tired (at least at that moment). Althea is another song of this era that he gets into this level of search/expression on. 80/81 are underrated years - he was playing great. The China Doll solo on this one is a ripper.
Reviewer: scum beat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2011
Subject: Love the transition
Who's to say this is "the best" Scarlet > Fire, but it's sure a very good one. Great energy throughout, and I love the transition, Phil starts it off with bangin' the high notes and Jerry brings it home. Thank you archive!
Reviewer: Picky Deadhead - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2011
Subject: I just don't see it..
I can't call this the best 'Scarlet-Fire' ever.. Its played fast and Jerry wails, sure, but it doesn't carry the same emotion as 'best of' versions from '77 and '78. In my opinion, its still 2/5/78 (which features 30 minutes of just mind blowing Jerry jams) and 5/8/77 (I know, unoriginal choice).

Those two versions just roll along like a northbound train and its as if God himself is playing the guitar..

BUT it may be the best drummed and certainly the best "Brent" keyed version ever...oh my god its actually pretty amazing (I'm listening on phones right as we speak). Its top 5...
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 22, 2011
Subject: damn
this is a really special Scarlet>Fire.

go fall 1980.
Reviewer: woodyland - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2011
Subject: via Columbia MO, The Professor, online radio
A few years back I listened online to the 'Professor' out of Columbia MO, I believe, who would put out, at first a one hour GD show then upgraded to 1 1/2 hours every Friday night. The shows were archived so one could listen to old shows for up to about 3 or 4 years. One night he played this show starting w/Big River thro' Scarlet/Fire. This became easily my favorite online archived Professor shows to listen to while playing poker. W/out actually doing a heads up comparison, that is playing the same song from two different shows back to back, I came to ponder this:am I listening to the best versions of these songs I've ever heard? Can it be? All in one show? For the five or seven songs, depending on who's counting, these rate among the very best ever. Today I'm getting hooked up w/the complete show from a 'friend' over @ EBeans & I'm looking a 3 hour window to head out on the old country road & enjoy this, senses completely intact.
Reviewer: woodog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2010
Subject: 30 years.. wow
This was my fourth show, my 5/18/77, 4/11/78, 12/17/78, and then this. My grandfather had died a few days earlier, and my 'friend' had given my ticket away to someone else going through a divorce. A fellow came up to me and asked why so sad. I told him about the ticket fiasco and he said 'I can help you out'. It was the first of two miracle events, the next would occur 4/2/82 in Duke, NC. I give it 5 stars.. not because the playing is the best, but it was pretty damned hot. The memories, ah the memories. I was a young man then.
Reviewer: unclesam77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 23, 2010
Subject: Big fan of this show.
During work the other day I picked a random show on my application on my phone during work. Just happened to be this show. Loved it from start to finish. Just had to mention that this Ramble on Rose is one of my favorites of all time, along with the version from the closing of Winterland. I highly recommend this show to anyone who is into 80-82. One of the best of the era. I also recommend TORRENTS. On many torrent sites they have torrents grouped by the year.. all soundboards. usually around 50 soundboard shows per year. If you have the space on your computer, download the program UTorrent and then start downloading these "grateful dead soundboard shows ____(year)" You will not be dissapointed. Let the Good Times Roll! Peace!
Reviewer: John Bouffard - - July 10, 2010
Subject: posting
to come back later
Reviewer: bklyndave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2008
Subject: on the 80's
the dead was on this night a must have, one heat up one cools down. rip jerry
Reviewer: mavros - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 11, 2008
Subject: A Special Night - Wish I was there
This being my first review, it's obviously highly personal. ..I was at Suny Oneonta in Fall '80 when I first got my hands on this tape. Just came back from the Radio City shows, and ready to continue my trek of dozens of shows to follow with GREAT friends and by myself. I can, and will speak to the shows I've seen. But my GD experience has also been molded by certain tapes.
Some before I went to shows,
and others during the run.
THIS!!! is one that was, and continues to be, a staple in my listening world.
First of all, Good Auds over SBD'S anytime! That's how I had this.
I've been to , and listened to anything I could, (in LARGE part due to this site). Crazy wild late 60's,to explorative 73-74, to crancking 77's,and on to the sad end )
I love it all for what it is. And the different songs, moods, places, and eras only lend to the experience and relationship that we've all developed with the band. Sorry... THE best Scarlet/Fire,and space/Wheel..PLEASE find me something better. I've tried, but can't.The whole 2nd set-Bobby's Mick imitation( Around..),UJB encore, etc. The playing the transitions;this was one of those nights I wished I could see (I think I feel it from the aud)the band moving and playing as one. A DVD, something.
They're a VERY rare group. Enoy this. There's tons more. Better set lists,breakouts, memorable shows attended, but for REAL special nights, this is right up there.
Reviewer: darazn1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2008
Subject: The Wheel + Deal
Is this the first deal with a second jam? phenomenal!

scarlet> fire is as great as everyone says, but the soundboard disguises that fact a little. samson peaks hard. ship of fools was surprisingly good; didn't expect such a rush from that one. playin' is well jammed; that is, they sound like they mean it.

the intro to the wheel reminds me of 2.25.90, which is very familiar to me and also well jammed. Nonetheless, the whole space segent is based on the intro to the Wheel, and Brent seals the deal upon arrival. Great jam into unexpected China Doll, and great unexpected segue into Around. This is a great one.

the soundboard and audience recordings are not very well pitch-matched, and I wonder why the soundboard is used here when the audience sounds this good. The Grateful Dead in 1980 continues to surprise.
Reviewer: Darrylizer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2007
Subject: Very good show
In general I'm not a lover of AUD's but with this show I have to say the AUD portion beats the soundboard portion hands down. The atmosphere and playing are exceptional. I originally gave this recording a lower rating due to the half aud half soundboard mix. I wish it was one or the other, preferably the AUD. But the show itself is very solid. Brent by now is fully integrated into the Dead's sound and plays his ass off. Jerry is exceptional on Playin' and the band sound inspired throughout. Solid from start to finish, a very good show that sounds like a party.
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 4, 2007
Subject: El Loco Gringo Below
Elvis is DEAD and so are your ears if you call these
shoddy or lacking versions of Scarlet>Fire and Sampson or any of the rest of this gem. The first and second sets just smoke. The AUD portions are just thunderous! Great recording.
Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2007
Subject: I'm with Elvis on this one.
Note: I only listened to the scarlet>fire.

This is really a stunningly mediocre Scarlet>Fire. The only jam in there with any emotion to it is the final Fire jam. I haven't listened to the Samson yet, but the least I can say is that anyone who thinks these are standout performances of Scarlet>Fire and Samson should take another listen to Dick's Picks 18.
Reviewer: jlglex - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2007
Subject: Best Scar>Fire I Have Ever Heard
The Scarlet jam is creative, while still being crisp, fun, and rocking. There are a couple of teaser builds before the transition to Fire finally happens. And, when it does happen, it is seamless, funky, and perfectly synchronized.

Then, the Fire on the Mountain is fun, funky, and very well jammed. A nice, crisp and succinct ending to the Fire wraps it all up brilliantly.

I agree with others that the whole show is noteworthy ... if not, one of the best ever.

I would also add that the Samson & Delilah, which hasn't been noted much on these reviews, was incredible ... really biblical. You can hear the power of Samson (and maybe also the power of God?!) coming through the whole band on this one. They were tight, strong, and powerful on this Samson. Really rockin'. Be careful when you listen to it, though, you might just 'tear this whole building down.'
Reviewer: 12 Joshua - favorite - June 6, 2007
Subject: Why not upload the whole Aud from Wise?
Instead of upping a hodgepodge with this "decent" 80's board.

I'll take most of the 1980 Aud's over these Healy two tracks - sorry but admit ya'll most of the 79-83 two track boards sound like the band are in a padded room. No warmth, no room ambience and and brent's keys consistently too high in the mix.

Surprisingly, this one is much better than most the other boards but still...

Please upload the full Wise Audience source!

that way we'll at least get to DL this show instead of only streaming it.
Reviewer: Joey Bonghitter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2007
Subject: Absolutely One of The Greatest Shows of the Era
Certainly the finest Scarlet>fire I ever heard. I didnt attend but this was the night of my 18th birthday and one of the 1st 5 GD tapes I ever got, back when tapes meant something. The whole show is great but the 2nd set is way beyond normal. The UJB encore was extremely rare,a nd the Playin rocks while the Ship and China Doll are delicate and beuatiful. The ending rocks in a big Bobby way. Those were the days.
Reviewer: adamsfisch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2006
Subject: really enjoyed this one
this show smokes through and through. i agree with the earlier reviewers who pointed out the great playin, which is totally awesome. sound quality is overall very good, the source clearly changes at one point at least, but both sources are overall really good and were enjoyable to me, in other words didnt detract from my listening experience at all. im gonna check out some more 1980 because of this sucker...
Reviewer: sammann - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2006
Subject: Amazing show!
I was on this whole tour! It was the only 4 shows in a row where each show was better than the one before. Jerry was just screaming all night. I was up in the balcony and almost got thrown out because I couldn't stay seated. The best show I saw in 80 (out of about 25) and one of the best all time. The band played in April of 80 at the Fox as well, and kind of blew it so I see this as the "makeup" show.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2006
Subject: Excellent.
This show is much better than the previous night. This singing is much better and the playing is more interesting.

Right from the beginning we get excellent performances. The very first song (Stranger) has an extended jam. Then we get an inspired version of Loser.
Reviewer: BustedFlat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2006
Subject: Three in a row!!
This fine performance caps off a fantastic three nights in a row. Check out 11-28 and 11-29 as well. I can't think of three consecutive performances that shine the way these do. And they're not even at the same venue! An often overlooked but wonderful time for this band.
Reviewer: Armin Nikgol - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2006
Subject: An excellent, close to perfect show nothing less.
sometimes the most "unexpecting" period has some of the best gems. Usually the acoustic fall 1980 shows steal our attention but i stumbled upon this because of the good reviews and thought why not?

Well it was a major surprise, the whole show is amazing. They nail almost every song (Weir is mediocre in some of his cowboy moments but im used to that), there is so much energy and excellent performance over the whole set that it should be listened carefully. small details that make the bigger picture an amazing experience. this is among moments like the october 94 shows. unexpected but at least as good as some of the known may 77 shows. nowadays this show is listened to several times everyday.

scarlet-fire excellent
playing- maybe one of the best ever.
the transition of wheel, amazing!! worth the whole show alone.
ship of fools. outstanding.

stop reading this and listen to this amazing show!
Reviewer: Tiny Lights - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2006
Subject: Wierd
I used to have a tape of this show. Easily the worst quality tape I had. The only way to listen to it was to use head phones and just concentrate. But the Scarlet-Fire was so good, as I remember, that I listened to it often.

I lost that tape over 15 years ago and I'm listening to it again now for the second time since then. I know what notes are coming. I know what Jerry is going to play. Very stange. After all that time to still be in my head. Wierd.

My favorite Scarlet-Fire. Always has been, always will be.
Reviewer: swinnies - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 4, 2006
Subject: Good show, great sound!
treble bleeder! nice mix here, usually you hear the bass and drums more than the keys and the rhythm guitar, but this is high in the mix with jerry, bobby and brent. excellent stuff.

to the reviewer who said the playin's reached their peak in 72? they just expanded playin in 71' and they were just getting started with em in 72...look for some nasty playin's like kezar 73 for sure. 73 and 74 has some tasty experimentation with PITB that will knock your socks off. listen to these years more before saying 72 was the end of playin....
Reviewer: mr weekend - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2005
Subject: My fiirst show - I need a download
This was my first show and listening to it now, no wonder it started something that has never stopped. Anybody out there got a recording of it? The streaming is fine, but I'd like to take it with me...Please email me:
Reviewer: vids - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2005
Subject: Ground Control To Major Jerry
While in my personal opinion, this is the best scar>fire I've heard (just listen to that note that Jerry finds right as they transition into Fire!) that is not all this show has to offer. Space>Wheel is the most touching and beautiful moment...ever? Add the rippin' Playin', the gentle China Doll, and the rockin' Uncle John's and you have yourself an unbelievable show. My favorite, hands down.
Reviewer: terrapin10 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2005
Subject: Love this show
Very interesting show on a lot of levels. Great energy throughout, especially starting with a great Sailor>Saint all the way through Drums>Space to The Wheel. Very powerful Deal to close the first set, one of the fastest and most danceable Scarlet's I have ever heard, but then something happens here. The recording, which had to this point been mostly SBD, goes AUD for the rest of the show. Normally, I would of been annoyed by this, but in this case actually found myself facinated in the contrasts between the SBD and AUD recordings, both of them excellent in quality. I haven't found too many shows here where you get that type of contrast. Even the venerable Barton Hall show has some pretty poor AUD patches in them. The AUD recording really plays well for Samson and Drums, and the Ship of Fools is already a favorite version of mine. All around a great show, highly recommended.
Reviewer: Elvis The King - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2005
Subject: Remarkable - One of the very best
This was one hell-of-a concert. It is passionate, innovative, inspiring, well played at all times, and played with fire. The second set is a real journey, truly remarkable. What those people saw and heard on 11/30/80 in Atlanta is something to behold.

It is not without its controversy. There seems to be dissention among the Heads concerning Scarlet/Fire and I can see that. Some have called it the best they have ever heard, others have called it overrated. If I was to pick one weak spot in the concert it would be the Scarlet/Fire. To me it was average, which means compared to other music out there it is outstanding. I recorded the concert, let it lie for months, then listened to it. I then decided that I was going to redo my two CDÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs and actually drop Scarlet/Fire. Then I listened to it again weeks later and could not figure out why I would want to eliminate them. So even I am conflicted. But the rest of the concert is not confusing. It is outright in the top 10 of the 115 I have recorded, and once I review them all I would not be surprised if it lands in my top 5.

LetÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs talk about PlayinÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ shall we? Listening back to the concerts I have recorded on this great site and on GDLive over the past two years I have come to the conclusion that for the most part PlayinÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ lost its greatness after 1972. PlayinÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ on WeirÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs Ace album, my favorite album of all time, is the best piece of studio music I have heard. But I think for the most part the jamming became rather dull after 1972. I love the actual song part of it still but the jams are not inspiring. I did not have that opinion when I saw them live in concert, but that is my opinion listening to the song now, may years later. ButÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ.. this PlayinÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ is exceptional. It is played very fast and is played like a volcano erupting. It will become one of my favorite of all time.


The transition from China Doll to Around and Around is genius. If it wasnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt enough already, the passion, the intensity, the beauty, the band goes directly from Around and Around into Johnny B. Goode. When has that ever happened? They were on fire. This concert is why we all are here, still talking about them, still listening, still fans, for me a constant fan since 12/31/71, and very very thankful to all who have made this possible here and at GDLive. Thank you all so much. Peace and love. We are the world, we are the children.....Elvis the King.
Reviewer: MarkStar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2005
Subject: whoah...
One word...Playin'

I wish I had a SBD of this Playin'. Anyone???
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2005
Subject: Scarlet - Fire
over-rated Scarlet Fire, not to be the hater but Jerry's playing is decidedly unfocused and limp, thus making it an unsatisfying Fire for me personally, granted the Scarlet transition into Fire is a real highlight...give it a listen for posterity, but if you like this period and want to hear a smoking scarlet fire go to 10-10-80...the rest of 11-30-80 serves enough interest for a one solid listen and the sound quality is good...
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2005
Subject: Bird Song+
This has to be one of the first 'new' electric performances of this following Radio City and Warfield shows and a really sweet version. Nice lost>saint>(epic)deal.

Very memorable scarlet>fire this is not the highlight of the show, the whole back end cranks. Good sampson and excellent playin sounds like warren haynes 20 years early errr or maybe the other way around...
Reviewer: zuben - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
I thought the first set was strong (though Loser struggled a bit). Little Red Rooster with Bobby's slide, then Brent solo, then Bobby and Jerry tearing it all down- whew!! Deal is just a flaming meteor of energy! Of course, set II is where things get really serious... Enough said about the Scarlet-Fire. Surely will move the most stoic amongst us. The most wonderful thing on top of the stellar jamming is that Jerry nails the lyrics to just about every song! May seem trivial, but I found myself cheering and jumping around with glee and joy! Get this show and prepare for lift off. And yes, the intro into the Wheel from outer Space will leave your eyes moist. We miss you Jerry.
Reviewer: crazycatpeekin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 13, 2005
Subject: THE BEST -- like a six-headed beethoven on owsley's finest
ok. this is the best scar>fire i have ever heard, by quite a lot. there is such unbelieveable energy, synchronicity, groupmind, sheer genius in the transition. there are three false climaxes before the final delerious, peaking, ripping jerry jam into fire. they are so tight, so in tune and the aud is smokin' hot.

i think the first set is a wash, frankly. how they came out with this second set after a first set that sounds like a night off is beyond me. the samson is outrageous, jerry harnessing the feedback like he's reining a beast, the ship of fools is gorgeous and the space>wheel is absurdly beautiful, poignant.

this 2nd set is an example of what makes this band great. barton hall, yeah, sure, it's great. but this will blow you away.

Reviewer: countmlbjam - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2004
Subject: the fox rocks
What a show, the whole darn thing. the transition from scarlet>fire gets me every time. the samson smokes as well. The whole show deserves multiple listens. They always seemed to make magic happen at the fox. The scarlet>fire is my personal favorite.
Reviewer: glove - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 14, 2004
Subject: Download
Quality of Concert is Great, Jer is smokin from the get go. Very clean and on that night.

An absolute must record.
Reviewer: foreveryoung2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2004
Subject: A View From The Vault
Smoking concert!! There's no place like the fox, Excellent Recording, Little Red Rooster, Scarlet/Fire Hot!!
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2004
Subject: wow
this sbd sounds Amazing.

you don't get many from this era sounding this good, so drop what your doing.

Reviewer: Alligator71 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2004
Subject: scarlet fire
This is a very good concert. The setlist is very interesting and a lot of the performances are really above average.
But this show has something amazing to offer: an incredible version of Scarlet Fire.
The version of this combo is spectacular for the transition into Fire. What happened is still a mystery to me but Jerry is taking off.
If any of you believe i do exagerate please be my guest and check this transition.
jerry is like a volcano in full eruption that doesn't want to cool down.
It is a miracle that the others managed to stick with him at this stage as he is really far out.

But the way the band manages to land the transition into Fire is a masterpiece:
A comet landing on earth in a wild explosion...

For the fans: check the compendium Vol 2 on this one, you will know what i am talking about.

So put on the Dead and spread!
Reviewer: Daiha - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 6, 2004
Subject: Lovely show; very good recording
Although not very well known, this show at the Fox is a real gem -- clean performances that are dead-on (no pun intended), and an intelligently edited recording that's well-blended and smooth. Very highly recommended.
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